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Te Hikutanga


Te Hikutanga

Priority 1:
Te Hikutanga approach affirms our celebrating and connecting to our five Iwi, our language, culture, and whenua in building resilience and creating a buffer that mitigates exposure to negative risks.

Embedding Te Hikutanga means recognising:

  • Our whakapapa, our language, cultural practices and our pūrākau ki te kainga

  • The direct protective and strengthening impact that practising culture has on health and wellbeing

  • The impact of cultural determinants on the social determinants of health

  • Aspirations set in Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Māori version) as signed by ngā Rangatira o te Tai Tokerau

  • The changes needed in policies and practices that continue to oppress Māori and are leading to disparities in health outcomes and opportunities (such as racism, reduced housing, education and employment options, disconnection from whānau and culture)

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